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Monday, August 30, 2010

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Political PartiesI suppose the enlightened among us scoff at the notion of a government without political parties ... tisn't me intent to take a poll of our founding fathers on this issue ... but I'm agin the two party system and long have been. I do know that I'm in good company as both our first and second presidents warned against them ... add Ben Franklin to that mix, along with the father of our Constitution James Madison ... our first Treasurer, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, our first Chief Justice. Others too, all long before me.

Lest there be some confusion, I'm against three political parties almost as much as two ... guess I'm just agin political parties, though maybe a whole bunch would be okay ... like 1,000 or more.

Were we considering the establishment of political parties, the task would seemingly be a rather simple one ... assuming those called upon to render judgment were virtuous ... for the case against them seems strong and relatively easy to make.

Unfortunately, we already have them ... two of which are very powerful, well entrenched, and well financed ... making "the job at hand" a bit more complex. crumbling wallParties are the foundation upon which this facade was built ... a cheap imitation of what was intended by our founding fathers. House of Cards Well, anything but cheap, but an imitation all the same ... a "house of cards" that will be gone with the wind when the faulty foundation crumbles ... and with it, most of the problems with we're now faced.

The "job at hand" ... to rid ourselves of the faulty foundation and replace it with the intended one, of course! The unasked begged questions deserve and have my attention and hopefully yours. They will be addressed more fully as we move forward ... but, I sense the answers lie in and within the "Neighborhood" ...

It won't be without opposition ... forks don't like it when nobody shows up after they've gone and hired a band and caterers ... bought favors and such. It's expensive and down right embarrassing. Mark my words, they'll make lots and lots of promises, offer more and more free beer ...and plenty of their new and improved, bigger 'n better, free "Hair Of The Dog" elixir too!

John AdamsJohn Adams warned quite simply ... "There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. NostredameThis, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution"

Well, that requires no translation or interpretation, and 225 years of history places him at the head of the class ... perhaps even ahead of Michel de Nostredame.

Washington's Farewell
In his Farewell Address, the Father of Our Country did a bit more than thank His Children and say goodbye.

Regarding parties, he said ... "I have already intimated to you the danger of parties .. let me now warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party. This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. WASHINGTONIt exists under different shapes in all governments but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism ... but this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism.

The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty.

Remaining ever mindful but discounting consideration of such an extreme, the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.

The spirit of party serves always to distract the Public Councils, and enfeeble the Public Administration. It agitates the Community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which find a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.

There is an opinion, that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the Government, and serve to keep alive the spirit of Liberty. This within certain limits is probably true; and in Governments of a Monarchical cast, Patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in Governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged.

From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose, ... and there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be, by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it.
In FlamesA fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume"

Move over, John Adams!GW

I always thought they elected George president because he could throw silver dollars farther than anyone else ... now I'm not so sure.

I can't imagine anyone not heeding the warning wisdom of men such as these, especially where the truths are so self evident ... except for those of self serving private agenda. What say ye?
1776 WeatherWell, for any hard to convince, "Doubting Thomas" stragglers, let me share my $100 worth. As memory serves ... in the 1776 musical, each session started with the Clerk recording the weather and outside temperature ... obtained by simply opening the window and checking the thermometer.

The procedure has remained much the same throughout the years but with the advent of parties came one minor improvement ... before being entered into the record, it is put to a rollcall vote. Fortunately, the Clerk is of the majority party so the result is the same as under the 1776 practice ... because the vote always strictly follows party lines.

Perhaps the most important of the essential cruxes of representative assemblies is how they're are selected. Personally, I like the old way best ... at the local or lowest level, Good Neighborthe citizen must decide who is the man in his neighborhood whom he most esteems, and loves best, for his knowledge, integrity, and benevolence ... or so it once was. Today, ladies must be added to that mix.

From those so selected, elections are held to select one from the neighborhood to represent it in the assembly at the next level in the political food chain. Mister RogersThat approach works well, very well indeed ... we knew it would 'cause most everybody in the neighborhood knows the person representing them ... and if they don't do their best, there'll be Hell to pay when they come back home. The best part is that the representatives know it ... they are by definition esteemed, knowledgeable folks of integrity, and benevolence, driven by positive motives ... but the possibility of a trip behind the barn and being "given what for" is a mighty powerful, positive influence.

While still in the neighborhood, it's a good time to begin considering the requisite qualifications for participating in the assembly selection process. Current day political correctness and conventional wisdom assert that there are but two ... citizenship and bona fide residency in the neighborhood. I posit that there are at least three.

The logic and arguments supporting the imposition of additional participation qualifications are at least as definitive and strong as those opposing political parties. Unfortunately, abuses and flaws in the adjudication process led to their elimination ... another case of quacks treating the symptoms rather than allowing qualified doctors treat the disease, methinks. Pulling TeethSaid differently ... "in their eagerness to eliminate the pain, they chose to pull the tooth rather than removing the decay and properly treating it ... oftentimes extracting the wrong one!"

That much of the blame is best laid at the door of the spirit of party is not rocket science ... the most striking difference between the professional politicians and the amateur patriots might just be that the former are driven to validation ... catering to party and that segment of the electorate who will keep them employed, it seems to permeate all that they do ... while the latter are not.

NeighborsThe other requirement is that you know your neighbor ... the one for whom you voted. It's really not an imposition at all since by definition you should ... if you've done your duty, you've selected the one in your neighborhood whom you most esteem and love best, for their knowledge, integrity, and benevolence. It's your sacred duty ... the only thing of consequence asked of you ... and your neighbors depend on your so doing ... we all do ... it's what makes the system work ... it's what keeps us safe ... what keeps us free ... our survival depends upon it!

Truth is truth ... unchanging ... well, pretty much ...

John Adams also said "the people have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge ... I mean of the character and conduct of their rulers" ... right on spot, methinks. It all starts at the local level ... If you don't personally know the candidates well, exercise that right ... it's our own first line of defense, if you will!Twins

This notion of forefathers can be confusing ... I don't know about you, but I had only one. Still, when you consider that twins Danny and Arnold had nine, I suppose that four is a good, happy medium. The common tendency is to read the wisdom of our fathers, whether they be one, fore, or nine ... nod our heads in agreement, and quickly move on.

My ardent hope is that we will instead, take pause and ponder. While I hold that they're privileges rather than rights, there's no argument with the wisdom of Mister Adams ... they're privileges because we lose them when we fail in our inherent responsibility to see that they're properly exercised and kept safe! That's where we stand on this issue too ... as a result of not having diligently so done, our privilege to have the real skinny regarding the character and conduct of those who would govern is now challenged at every turn on the combined grounds of civil rights and irrelevancy. Indeed, we are subject to attack for even so suggesting!

Strange as it might seem, parties impair the process at the local neighborhood level as much if not more than the others ... when you throw parties into the mix ... the situation immediately changes. Doing your duty becomes "selecting the one in your neighborhood whom you most esteem and love best, for their knowledge, integrity, and benevolence ... providing they belong to your party of choice! Well, that automatically reduces your pool of choices ... and, even under the best of circumstances, folks tend to vote along party lines ... bottom line, party politics result in our representative assemblies not always being filled with the best of the best of our neighbors.

As we leave the neighborhood and climb the political food chain, it may seem that the system is doomed for failure but if the integrity of the approach is maintained in all neighborhoods throughout the land ... then we have a large group of folks, a very large group indeed ... what are loved and held in high esteem for their knowledge, integrity, and benevolence ... by folks what know them well.
Large Assembly
Surely these are the ones we want to be doing the governing ... it's just a matter of determining how to select from that pool to fill the various positions throughout the chain. We have many options for effectively so doing and we'll examine those carefully as we go forth.
Baby CribI guess we're most all born with great expectations, I know I was ... that's for sure! A great doctor, another Babe Ruth, or President of the United States, that was me ... all that and more, while I was still in the crib. Problem was, nobody asked me! Scary, ain't it?
Little Boy
When I turned seven, I decided for myself what I was going to be ... to be taken seriously, but things never seem to work out as you plan.

I arrived during a lull ... the Great Depression was all but over ... and the Great War was yet to begin. "War is Hell!" ... but it does one thing better than most any of its competitors ... getting us to put aside our differences, support our government, and work together, focusing on the job at hand. Fortunately, wars don't last forever ... unfortunately, neither does our spirit of active involvement and cooperation.

If we're going to succeed, we've got to come to realize that exercising due diligence in the selection of those of our neighbors who will represent us is a most important lifetime job ... and if we fail in our duty, so too will our dreams and those of our descendants be in great jeopardy!

Ours is a time of specialization, or so we think ... it seems to me that most folks would rather quit than do a task that ain't what they were hired on to do! The job description for "citizen" includes "pitching in and doing what it takes to get the job done" ... trust me! It's also an especially important attribute for those selected to represent us, methinks ... they'll never know what each new day will bring!

Nine men served as our chief executive without being elected to the office. Blasphemy for sure, but nothing in the good book of nonpolitical politics says there has to be general popular elections beyond the neighborhood level! Dang! True too!

Gerald FordMost know that Gerald Ford served as both Vice-President and President without being elected to either office ... that he lived longer than any other may be less well known. Those weren't jobs for which he was hired on ... but, he pitched in and tried to do what it took to get the job done!

Ford loved golf, but unlike Eisenhower, he never asked for no favors at Augusta National. Speakin' of "IKE," he didn't party much, what with being a general and all ... at least not during the war ... but he had to be a pretty good politician, dealing with all them prima donna generals under his command. My guess is that he became a Republican 'cause they asked before the Democrats did ... just being nice. That's how I remember it ...

John TylerThe other eight became president without being elected to the office, a result of a sitting president's death. The first was John Tyler ... upon becoming president, he stood against his party's platform ... and was expelled from the Whig Party.

Millard FillmoreMillard Fillmore was the next of the eight and the last Whig to hold the office. In 1856, he tried to win as the "Know Nothing Party" candidate. That party exploited fears that the country was being overwhelmed by elements hostile to Protestant Anglo-Saxon values ... membership was primarily middle class Protestants of Anglo Saxon heritage. Information concerning the party's organization somewhat tightly held and when members were asked about its activities, the official response was always "I know nothing."

Andrew JohnsonNext was Republican Abe Lincoln's Vice President, Andrew Johnson ... the first President to be impeached, avoiding conviction by but one vote. As president, he attempted to establish the "National Union Party" ... failing to so do effectively made him an independent during his presidency, though he was later elected Senator from Tennessee as a Democrat.

Chester A. ArthurThe fourth was Chester A. Arthur ... of him is written "No man ever entered the Presidency so profoundly and widely distrusted, and no one ever retired... more generally respected." ... political cynic Mark Twain added, "It would be hard indeed to better President Arthur's administration." An honest man, methinks!

During his presidency, Congress was divided, and both parties were divided ... and he has been adjudged above factions within the Republican Party, if indeed not above the party itself. Arthur was the last incumbent to seek his party's renomination and fail.

Theodore RooseveltTheodore Roosevelt was the fifth ... known for his "Rough Riders," "San Juan Hill" and "Conservation" he was a leader of the Republican Party and founder of the short-lived Progressive ("Bull Moose") Party of 1912.

Calvin CoolidgeCalvin Coolidge restored public confidence after the scandals of Harding's administration, and left office a popular president. Of Coolidge was said "He embodied the spirit and hopes of the middle class, could interpret their longings and express their opinions". By Coolidge, "I have found it advisable not to give too much heed to what people say when I am trying to accomplish something of consequence. Invariably they proclaim it can't be done. I deem that the very best time to make the effort."

Harry TrumanHarry S. Truman (1945-1953) brought an end to World War II with his decision to use nuclear weapons against Japan, then fooled the pollsters and surprised most everybody ... most of all, Thomas Dewey in 1948. "Give 'em Hell Harry" was known for "The buck stops here" and "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen." As President, he had both the lowest public approval ratings that had ever been recorded ... and the highest ever, until George Bush in 1991.

LBJDemocrat Lyndon B Johnson(1963-1969) was one of four Presidents who served in all four elected Federal offices of the United States: Congressman, Senator, Vice President and President. A true "party man," he was known for his domineering personality and arm twisting of powerful politicians in order to advance legislation.

Nine men called upon to pinch hit ... they didn't all hit homeruns but they all stepped up to the plate!

Well, we've done our job for now and turned things over to our neighbor ... the one we most esteem and love best, for their knowledge, integrity, and benevolence. We can go to sleep in our beds, knowing that all will be well, without having to worry about awaking with Chamberlain's hangover ... so long as we keep one eye open.

Notice that there is no mention of party, personal beliefs or agenda ... no need ... not if citizenship in our neighborhood and participation in its governing is restricted to those who are virtuous and believe in God. Of our representatives, we ask only that they listen to us ... give us their industry and above all, exercise their best judgment relative to attending and safeguarding our best interests.

And therein lies the heart of the matter ... why it's so important to us and the integrity of our system that we oppose and strive to eliminate parties and their politics. Did you catch it? Use my glasses if you didn't see it ... we're neighbors, right?!

I'm not all that concerned about a proper reporting of the weather ... it's the "exercise their best judgment" part that worries me. Forget all the other if you must ... but always remember, you just can't properly serve two masters at the same time ... Party Partyand our representatives, can't independently and effectively exercise their best judgment relative to attending and safeguarding our best interests if they're under the control of some party and the influence of the deadly 200 proof stuff they serve

... it just ain't gonna happen!

A closing word from our neighborhood sponsor ... known in these parts as déjà vu Tucker Carall over again.

Without your comments, it is all but much ado ... they are the sweet feed what fuels the Tucker ... please leave yours in the sweet feed depository ... see you there!
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Monday, August 9, 2010

Chamberlain's Hangover

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Peace For Our TimeNeville Chamberlain may be best remembered for his  "peace for our time"speech in 1938 ...  to loud cheers he said,"My good friends, this is the second time in our history that there has come back from Germany to Downing Street, peace with honour. Sleeping Quietly I believe it is peace for our time.  We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. And now I recommend you to go home and sleep quietly in your beds" ...

Chamberlain regarded the Munich Agreement as being "symbolic of the desire of our two peoples never to go to war with one another again" ...after all, that's what the agreement signed by Hitler and him said!    "never" is a long time, in this case less than a year ... Disraeliin September, 1939 came Germany's  invasion of Poland and with it, WWII ...Great Britian was at war and it would be some time before folks could again sleep quietly.

Yes, it wasn't the first time ... some 60 years earlier, Benjamin Disraeli had said “I have returned from Germany with peace in our time” ... it lasted longer.
Herr Hitler
Herr Hitler had an evil, self serving agenda... he became a possessed, maniacal monster ... relying on fear and force to achieve his objectives...  but he could be a masterful politician with hypnotic powers of persuasion ... could be and often was ... still, I suspect that the fault should be placed at the door of Chamberlain's optometrist ... for the glasses he wore caused him to see things as he wanted them to be, and not as they were. 

I fear that most of us wear glasses of similar prescription ... explaining our penchant for accepting Chamberlain like assurances that all will be well, and his recommendation ... that we go home and slept quietly in our beds.  

Don't get me wrong, sleep's good!    It's the  awakening to the frightening realization that while we were peacefully sleeping, others of different bent and agenda were wide awake ... that our way of life is rapidly disappearing ... that our nation, our society  ... indeed the world ... is in a state of chaos, turned upside down, if you will ... that's what's bad, a real bummer of a hangover!   To sleep, perchance to awake with a hangover ... aye, there's the rub!

Hair of the DogMost everybody's "cure" for this condition seems to be some "Hair of The Dog" Elixir ... guaranteed to be fast acting and painless ... don't worry, all will be well ... More Sleepjust put back on them glasses, accept more assurances, then go home and get some more sleep!   It's danged addictive, that's for sure!

Had I been there for Chamberlain's speech, I too would have probably cheered ... but I wasn't ... and I wasn't the Proprietor what opened the Old Barbershop and writ its vision neither!   That was the esteemed and widely acclaimed SouthernJackass, most honorable!  Don't let his big grin fool you ... behind all them teeth and between them big ears is much more than muddy water.   SJAHe ain't talking nor braying neither but I think the Old Barbershop just may have been created as an alternative to that there "Hair of The Dog" hangover cure that everybody's  been taking for so long! Rose Colored Glasses

Maybe not ... it could be just these new glasses I'm wearing ...

T'is or t'aint ... but, all of his pieces, serious, satire and humor alike, all seem to be purposely done with that in mind ... all containing food for thought ... written as only he can, they reacquaint us with what we were ... our values, our dependence on God ... reminding us of our beginnings and those of our nation ... those things we seem to have abandoned or forgotten.  Written for our enjoyment, that's for sure ... but more than that for most of us, methinks ... in a moment of weakness he hired me on as a helper and I've tried to follow his lead.   It was a costly experience, sleeping in all them Holiday Inn Express places, and sometimes the road has been rough and unsure ... a bit like following Uncle Virgil's directions, but it's been fun ... and no hangovers!

I think a lot of the reason that folks choose the "Hair of The Dog" hangover cure is that they feel helpless ...  that it's hopeless ... that there's nothing they can do ... feelings of despair, depression, apathy ... bedfellows with whom most are at least somewhat familiar.   That's understandable, what with over three hundred million folks in our fifty ... and over six billion planet wide!   Understanderabler still, what with most everything controlled by the moguls and power brokers of the media and giant corporations.

You won't find the town where the Old Barbershop is located on many maps, but good shaves and haircuts is evidently getting hard to come by 'cause more and more folks are finding us. We're within walking distance of Doolittle Hollar, if that's a help.  It's a rather small place where most everybody knows most everybody ... but, they're all different; different but the same.   They all believe in God, America, their little town, and the good folks what's in it ... and if you don't, then shame on you!

SqueezinsDoolittle Hollar residents don't suffer much from the "Chamberlain Hangover" ... preferring squeezings, cider and Grandma's blackberry wine to platitudes, promises, assurances and such.   When folks have a hangover or a burden too big for them to handle on their own, they don't go back to bed ... fishing maybe ...Boss' free candy but chances are you'll find them over at the Shop, in the General Discussion Area ... drinking coffee, having some of the Boss' free candy ... sharing their thoughts and problems ... getting the opinions of others, and some free advice too ... free, being a dubious term in most places but not here in the Shop. 

ConcordIt seems to help ... especially folks don't feel so helpless when among friends ... and few things are truly hopeless! About the most hopeless thing of which I can think would be needing unanimous agreement among the 13 colonies on any controversial issue of importance ... can you think of anything seemingly more hopeless?

I can think but of one ... our army of farmers and militia beating the mighty British!

'fore long, somebody usually comes up with a plan. For nuts too hard for them to crack, there's always Virgil, but that comes at a hefty price ... showing him how dumb you are!

Even in Doolittle Hollar and our little town, folks is interested in what's going on in the big cities ... in Washington ... and around the world. Dog FightAlvin YorkIt's been that way since Virgil Hunnicutt went off to war over 90 years ago. From all reports, Him and Alvin York done won the War single handed like ... well, four handed if you want to get technical.

No, we don't have Cable but the buzz around the Shop is that Virgil's Grand Nephew, Nathan V. Hunnicutt, III of Chicago has invented a new TV ... high definition with a special built-in antenna that will pick up any program from just about anywheres ... sorta like the old multiband radio Daddy used to pick up Mr. Chamberlain's "Peace For Our Time" speech, I guess. Roof AntennaWell, evidently he convinced his great uncle of that and Virgil called a special secret session of the town council last Tuesday night to hear Nate's proposal to create the Hunnicutt Manufacturing Company and build them TVs right here in town ... seems everybody liked the idea, especially if it'll help rid us of all them big TV antennas on our roofs ... and in the trailer park out on the north side of town where them folks don't have no room for their boats and pickups, because of their antennas being out in the yard.

Nate's raring to go, just as soon as he gets his share of the bailout money but according to three attendees who were sworn to secrecy, everything hinges on the pending vote on his request that the Council waive all the back taxes owed on the old abandoned Beefeater Ice Plant and award him the property. The Boss says that if it happens, we'll buy the very first one for the shop. Our "NonPolitical Politics" Special Feature was created mostly to help us identify the problems facing us as a People and seeing what might be done to resolve them ... and we need to stay abreast of things if we're to do that ... might just buy two!

As individuals, things may seem hopeless ... but when we stop and think, there's probably still a few folks with similar values what share our concerns, many of them anyways ... maybe more than just a few ... and if we can come together ... ain't no telling what might be accomplished. As Ben Franklin might have said, it don't hurt none to try!

Don't get me wrong ... the old barbershop ain't no church interested in preaching to no choir ... it's our differences ... in values, talents, interests, ideas, opinions, concerns and beliefs that make us great.   All men aren't created equal ... no two are as far as I  know, not even identical twins ... if they were, I could write wonderful stories like the Southern Jackass ... but try as I might, it just ain't gonna happen!   No, while I've little doubt but what old John Locke's prints are all over that gun, I prefer to think that the "all men are created equal" notion of our Tom and his friends was simply expressing our brand of republicanism as later expressed by John Adams ... "a government, in which all men, rich and poor, magistrates and subjects, officers and people, masters and servants, the first citizen and the last, are equally subject to the laws ... while, at the same time, putting young King George in his place!

Black WidowTarantulaNeither are spiders ... you know, last time I checked, folks had identified close to 40,000 different and distinct kinds of spiders,  and that's not counting Spider Man.  Grass SpiderEstimates are that there may be over 100,000  ... each created different ...  for a reason ... each with a different purpose or job to do ... more proof positive that there is a God, methinks.  

The point is that even though we have all these differences, I thinks we can come mighty close to a dang consensus on some things as being serious problems that need fixing ... probably quite a few and some of mighty long standing too.    Simply stated, I would hope that we could identify them things and then do what we can to find out why they remain on the books as unfinished business ... unresolved problems that everybody agrees are serious problems just don't compute, leastwise not to me!  

I love this great land of ours ... been in 49 of the 50, more than once in 46 ... Mexico and much of Canada too.   I'm not as old as Uncle Virgil Hunnicutt, nobody much is ... but my hearing isn't the best and my eyes require increasing assistance ... don't get around much any more.   Of course, folks don't have to ... not with the Internet and mobile phones ... especially when we get Nate's new HD TV ! 

When I see network personalities giving biased news reports, slanted to influence the public's attitude rather than newsmen reporting  the news ... elections being heavily influenced if not orchestrated by the media ... when boorish vulgarity and obscene language, coupled with their behavioral counterparts, permeate both network television and the Internet ... it's a strong indication that the moral decent folk in the land have been suffering from  "Chamberlain's Hangover" and that there's some unfinished business sorely needing attention.

When the evidence clearly establishes the guilt of the accused but no verdict is reached and no punishment accessed, just because  of some little technicalities ... when I see preachers sporting expensive silk suits and big diamond rings -  living in luxury and using the lure of the Prosperity Gospel doctrine to gain financial support ... when living together without the marriage commitment is  is widely recognized as being the enlightened thing to do and accepted many as morally acceptable behavior ... while the civil right demands of homosexuals include legal recognition of marriage ... the indication is even stronger.

When the distribution of pornography and illegal drugs permeates the land and destroys countless lives, including those of our children   well, when I see all that, it don't take real sharp eyes nor no special hearing aid ... and ! don't have to be danged near a genius ... to realize that there's a rapidly spreading cancer upon this land of ours, that, if left unchecked, will soon consume and totally destroy us.  It must be repulsed and eradicated if we and our desired way of life are to long survive!

Chicken LittleIt wouldn't surprise me none if folks choose to reject and dismiss everything I write as the Chicken Little rantings of an extremist ... or maybe a religious zealot preaching the end times ... Old Tom Foolor just some old tom fool trying to make some noise while strutting and fretting during the final moments of his hour upon the stage!    I wouldn't blame them much  ... it's the pollitically correct way to react ... at least that's the doctrine preached from the pulpit of charlatan tailors when folks refuse to take more of their "Hair of The Dog" and start drawing attention to what the Emperor's really wearing.

Certainly, it's for each of you to decide for yourselves  ... but I do hope that you won't just dismiss it all out of hand without taking a few moments to think about and consider what I've had to say before you make up your mind!

Regardless of what you conclude, I truly need and want your help ... Miss Carol really liked the idea behind the Non-Political Politics Special Feature as expressed in my "From Amateur Patriots to Professional Politicians" piece.  Her intent had been to write stories about each of those significantly involved in the political process leading up to the signing of the declaration ... what they believed, thought, and why ...
including those by whom they were most influenced.   That was to be followed by a similar series devoted to the Constitution ... followed by something on selected key political figures from there forward.   A  tour guidebook, taking us from where we started to where we are today.

She was well qualified for such an undertaking  ... I'm not ... but I think it important that we better understand what happened and why ... EdmundBurkeJohn Lockethe influences of Edmund Burke ...  John Locke ... a slightly different way to view our history, perhaps ... a better way.

The 1776 Independence Declaration and the revolt get all the attention ... and rightfully so ... for without them boys doin' what they did, few people would remember GW telling his daddy that he was the one who done cut down the tree. However, when it comes to righting our listing ship, the Constitution is the more important of the two, methinks.   If anyone would like to take on the task, in all or in any part ... I'll gladly sign on as your helper ... just let me know!
If you saw the original 1776 Musical, then you know about Ben Franklin, John Adams, Tom Jefferson and the others who helped bring about the drafting and signing of the Independence Declaration.   You know too about George Washington who was the General of what troops they had!  While, Franklin had the Gout and was a mite old, the other three wound up serving as the first three presidents of the United States ... but that wasn't covered by the musical so I don't rightly know the exact order. I do remember Miss Carol telling me that John Adams was our first Vice President, so I doubt he could have been both the President and Vice President at the same time ... but since vice presidents don't do much, I guess it might be possible. Abigail AdamsSelecting him as the Vice President was good because it gave him plenty of time to write lots of letters, mostly to his wife Abigail, methinks. 

Abigail was a very smart lady in her own right and a strong influence on John ... outspoken and known for her quotes, the lady had presence ... "If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation!"
John AdamsI had thought everybody was familiar with the Adams' Family but I had the spelling wrong and that was a different clan. Truth is, I'm not very familiar with this family and read the many quotes of John and Abigail, most for the very first time, while writing this piece.   Unbelievable, but true ... Addams Family

John Adams was obnoxious and disliked ... perhaps that's why I'm not well acquainted with him but his list of descriptors is long, methinks ... brilliant, honorable respected, impatient, and a man of action being among them. Amazingly, many of his quotes reflect my own thoughts and feelings ... here are four with which I identify:  

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other

"There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution"

The people have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge ...  I mean of the character and conduct of their rulers

"I cannot conceive such a Being could make such a Species as the human, merely to live and die on this earth

The only thing surprising to me was how strongly he expressed his opposition to the two party system ... add fearless to that list. I'll do some more reading and perhaps add to this list of special quotes but I believe these provide many answers and valuable insights that may well lead to others.

In case you missed it in the sidebar, there's a new olde shoppe contest ... tin of Mama's Old Fashoned Fudge to the winner!

Circus Barker Okay, here's the deal ... how you can help in a very meaningful way ... step by step

Just go to our "General Discussion Area" ... say Hi! It's the neighborly thing to do ... probably won't be anybody there but I'll get the message and respond with all due haste! That's steps 1 and 2 ... easy, huh?

Then, just complete the following statement:  "You know something is seriously wrong when ... "

It can be a single entry ... or a long list!

As is always the case in our General Discussion Areas, you can also share your thoughts or comment on anything ... and you're especially encouraged to comment on the comments of others.   That's what the Shop and the General Discussion Area is all about!   It'll help breathe some badly needed life back into this old place while giving me some valuable input as I attempt to do the same!

We may even change it's name ... maybe to the "Chamberlain Hangover Treatment Center" or the "Doolittle Meeting Hall" ... other suggestions are welcome too.  We could let Uncle Virgil decide or put it to a vote ... with Cletus VanMeter doing the counting.  It's not what you might think ... I trust them all, even Lester ... but with Cletus, you don't have to worry about no shenanigans.

Here are a couple of examples to chew on ...

You know something is seriously wrong when  you have to arrive two hours early at the county aeroport so that you and your luggage can be searched ... with the knowledge that many kids throughout the land face the same treatment each day when they go to school!  

You know something is seriously wrong when giant companies and huge industry segments are allowed to become so mismanaged and get into such financial trouble that the danged government has to dole out over a thousand billion dollars so that the economy doesn't collapse and millions of Americans are ruined ... something's even wronger when the mismanagers get to keep their jobs and some are even rewarded with huge bonuses for having worked their magic and obtained millions if not billions from the government so that they can keep on keeping on!    Something's even wronger still when we stand and cheer when these bailouts are distributed ... for it is we who must foot the bill ... well, us, our children, their children, and theirs!

You know something is seriously wrong when eight year olds carry loaded weapons to school and plot to kill teachers and other students what make them mad!   Wronger still when the little boy's mother explains ... I told him not to take that gun to school ... it wasn't even his!

You know something is seriously wrong when more people identify Samuel Adams with Beer than with Tea!
Ij God We TrustAnd yes, in a nation where "In God We Trust" is on our currency and all 50 State Constitutions pay homage to God ... and where God is welcomed on our Senate's floor ... you know something is seriously wrong when God's unwelcome in our public schools! 

Like it says in the entrance to the General Discussion Area, here in the Shop, we listen to all who have something to say ... paying extra close attention to the Southern Jackass ... and Uncle Virgil, of course!

Here's some more of the same déjà vu all over again ... Without your comments, it is all but much ado ... they are the sweet feed that fuels the TuckerTucker Car ... you can put your comments in either the Shop's General Discussion Ares or the one established exclusively for Non-Political Politics. The choice is yours ... either one ... or both!

We'll combine and process the sweet feed, ... write some relevant posts that seem most appropriate  ... fill up the Tucker, and see where it takes us ... to Washington or maybe Doolittle Hollar, you just never know!

It was fine as it was but I changed it just a wee bit ... so you wouldn't accuse me of being overly redundant.
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